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I'm looking at getting a home charging point installed, to be honest, I'd rarely use it as I am on Evezy with free Polar site charging, and I tend to Rapid charge as/when I'm near a rapid charger, but the convenience of a home unit for occasional use would be an advantage.

Now I'm faced with a dilemma;

Do I go for Ecotricity (slightly more than I pay now) to get 50% off my occasional usage of charging on the motorway / at Ikea which I've used twice since collecting my car last month

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Go for Octapus (which I'd have to wait for a smart meter to be installed) which I'd probably make use from the night charging rate, but whatever an i3 120ah gets in the 4 hours at 5p/kwh and I'd obviously be paying for something I'd get free most of the time

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Stick with Bulb at the cheapest rate, but pay 30p/kWh at EH Chargers

What do you guys do? Any advice appreciated.

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You need to do the numbers. Estimate your likely EV and domestic use and cost them against the various tariff options.
Other people's use is unlikely to match yours, so their numbers won't either.
 

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True, I'm just struggling to work out what it would cost either way, I'll have to work it out, but things like Economy 7 is obviously very hard to work out when coming from a standard meter
 

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Cheapest home rate. It is a no brainer if you have Polar charging given.

Is that included in evezy subscriptions now, then? Gee, I am behind the times here....
 

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Cheapest home rate. It is a no brainer if you have Polar charging given.

Is that included in evezy subscriptions now, then? Gee, I am behind the times here....
Yeah, I think I answered my own question, all polar chargers are inclusive but I occasionally use Ecotricity for convenience
 

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Remember that in order to do a valid comparison you need three costs: -

1) Daily standing charge
2) Cost per unit (day rate)
3) Cost per unit (night rate - if Economy 7)

When you do a comparison using the above, in my experience, you may find very little difference. One supplier may have a cheaper night rate, or a cheaper day rate but usually never both. Furthermore, if the unit cost is cheaper then the daily standing charge is always considerably more.
Consider; if one supplier was that much cheaper there would be a rush to change.
You may find it cost effective to stick with your current supplier, but change tariff; that is what I did.
 

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I’ve just gone on to Octopus Go which has a 5 pence 4 hour nightime rate and a cheap daytime rate!
Also £50 credit if you have a referral code(which I can give you)
 

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I was looking at that, but I'd need to wait for a smart meter to be installed and everything else.
 

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EDF say they can't give me the EV tariff because the smart meter wouldn't have a signal 🤔🤣

I have no signal issues at home and use a 4G router for the home internet ( no landline )

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Personally the environmental points of an electric vehicle are put to shame by EDF's nuclear power projects. But that's another thread.

I have been with Pure planet for 6 months, they have been great (and cheap).
 

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EDF say they can't give me the EV tariff because the smart meter wouldn't have a signal 🤔🤣

I have no signal issues at home and use a 4G router for the home internet.
I assume that you live in the North. There are ongoing communications problems with SMETS2 meter installations in the Northern Sector that is affecting all suppliers.
 

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When you do a comparison using the above, in my experience, you may find very little difference. One supplier may have a cheaper night rate, or a cheaper day rate but usually never both. Furthermore, if the unit cost is cheaper then the daily standing charge is always considerably more.
Consider; if one supplier was that much cheaper there would be a rush to change.
You may find it cost effective to stick with your current supplier, but change tariff; that is what I did.
Consumption plays a big role.
High consumers can be better off on a tariff with a higher standing rate, but lower unit costs.
Similarly low consumers can be better off the other way round.

The crucial thing is to actually use your own personal usage figures, and do the calculations. Never use an estimate.

Obviously you cant tell your day/night split to decide on E7 or not without some more data, but most houses use a fairly constant night time consumption and you can get a reasonable idea by just reading the meter before bed and first thing in the morning over a few days. Some additional savings can come from running things like the dishwasher and washing machine over night too.
 

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I assume that you live in the North. There are ongoing communications problems with SMETS2 meter installations in the Northern Sector that is affecting all suppliers.
Sheffield area, less than 2 miles from the M1 with perfect 4G coverage on EE, Vodafone and Three (Not tested O2)
 
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